Workers toil outside the five-storey office building that forms one corner of the Eagle Creek Village development project at Helmcken Road and Watkiss Way in View Royal. The commercial

Progress on major View Royal project continues apace

Eagle Creek Village expected to be a gateway to the West Shore

Trucks continue to come and go from the Eagle Creek Village construction site, which every day is looking closer to the shopping and residential hub it was designed to be.

While the overall project is a little behind schedule from what was hoped for, says View Royal Mayor David Screech, the pace of work appears to have picked up of late.

“In the last couple of months they’ve made great strides … It’s all coming together well,” he says.

While Screech heard a rumour that Tim Horton’s was hoping to be open before Christmas, and Cob’s Bread not long after, a source with project developer Omicron in Vancouver stated last week that the majority of the retail shops will be open to the public by next spring.

Among the confirmed retailers include Quality Foods, Forbes Pharmacy, Cascadia Liquor Stores, Dollar Tree and Bosley’s. In the service industry, there’s Great Clips and Academy Dental, while other food services include Starbucks and Subway.

The five-storey office tower at the corner of Watkiss Way and Helmcken Road is the landmark building for the project. Among office tenants confirmed, Coast Capital Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Western Financial Services, is locating its B.C. regional office in the complex.

In all, 90 per cent of the retail space is leased, while the office space is “filling up fast,” according to the company source.

As for the residential portions, the rental units are slate for completion by next summer, while pre-sales for condominiums, the next phase of the project, are expected to begin in the spring.

And many area residents are anxiously awaiting the completion of the new YM-YWCA gym, which will complement the Y facility under construction at the foot of the Westhills development off Langford Parkway. The View Royal Y, which will be a smaller scale but include child care facilities, is slated to open next spring as well.

At the project’s groundbreaking back in 2013, Omicron CEO Bill Tucker called Eagle Creek Village “an exciting community-inspired achievement (that will) soon become the new office, retail and residential hub of View Royal – the gateway to downtown and to the West Shore.”

Screech agrees with that estimation today.

With the nearest major shopping districts: Langford to the west and Uptown to the south, still a reasonable drive away, the new plaza offers a perfect option for residents on both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway, he says.

“We’re excited by it all. I think it’s great for View Royal and great for that neighbourhood in terms of the walkability component, and having those businesses there,” he says. “For the hospital it’s a great amenity too. You can at least run across and get a bite to eat.”

Infrastructure improvements  around the project are nearly complete. Crews have finished much of the paving of Watkiss Way and have installed a roundabout at the staff and emergency ward entrance to Victoria General Hospital.

Frustrations caused by the removal of traffic signal triggers under Helmcken Road and Watkiss for the paving project should be alleviated soon, Screech says.

The traffic pattern for vehicles turning left off Helmcken and heading toward the hospital will see an extra turn lane created, as per the Ministry of Highways’ requirement. The move is expected to help alleviate traffic backups toward the TCH and improve traffic flow along Helmcken during busy times.

In all, the plaza and road improvements will benefit the area in the long run, Screech says.

“We’re hoping that Eagle Creek Village can be a catalyst for more new development in properties around the hospital and on Helmcken.”

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Penelakut filmmaker Steve Sxwithul’txw finds success in film and TV

Cop-turned-storyteller reaches back to his past for Tribal Police Files

Choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

Soundings will perform concerts in Oak Bay and Sidney May 24 and 25

VIDEO: Scorpion found in B.C. woman’s kitchen finds new home in Victoria

The Victoria Bug Zoo welcomed the scorpion on Saturday

B.C. getting less bang for its buck

B.C.’s CPI topped 2.7 per cent in April 2019, compared to two per cent for all of Canada

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Bucks hammer Raptors 125-103 to take 2-0 playoff series lead

Toronto heads home in a hole after second loss to Milwaukee

Most Read